JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.10.20

How’s everyone doing?

Holding up? 

Keeping busy?

Are you used to the new normal yet? Used to things getting cancelled or going virtual?

Staying creative?

For me:

  1. Ok
  2. Pretty much
  3. Absolutely, work and personal
  4. Sadly, yes. 
  5. Trying to!

What else can you do but keep on keeping on? This is the hand we were all dealt, for whatever reason.

Now, it’s back on us to do the best we can while keeping ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible.

Don’t go to any Rose Garden events for awhile, for one.

But get out there and keep those gray cells, as Hercule Poirot calls the, and those rainbow cells (as I call the creativity cells) going.

This week, I got a request from a band who I shot last Fall to see if they could use the photos on social. The funny thing was, they were part of a larger event, and I really only processed a couple of their images back then, since they weren’t the focus for the client who hired me.

So I went back to my files…and found 25 solid images this band could use. It was nice revisiting this shoot and I was excited to share what I found. 

I also had a great consultation with a musician about work on a her new album. Really got the the rainbow cells going, and I can’t wait to do this shoot. It’ll take some planning…but I’m excited for it.

This week was a sad one, though. Both of my daughter’s guinea pigs died within days of each other. She’s had them for four years and for them both to go so close together, well, it’s hard for a 13 year old. I got off a Zoom call on Tuesday about 2021 business planning, and went out into the backyard to help her bury one. 

Crazy work/life balance going on. 

But, this is the new normal isn’t it?

God, I hate that phrase.

Carry on.

And vote. I did. 


What I Read This Week: With the passing of Eddie Van Halen, I re-read this great article from 2015 in Popular Mechanics, How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar (I actually posted it here back then, too.)

What I Watched This Week: Season 2, Episode 1 of Miami Vice, The Prodigal Son This may be the greatest 80s TV episode ever, definitely one of the greatest of the MV cannon. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky from Starsky & Hutch), guested starred Gene Simmons, Penn Jillette, Pam Grier, Charles Dutton and many more. Even an E Street reference. Great music, too.

Mental Health: Yesterday is World Mental Health Day. Michelle Hammer is an artist living with schizophrenia. Check out Michelle website for the cool photoshoot we did back in late 2018.

Behind The Shot TV: Toy Photography! (cool genre!)

Shifter: Everyday Expeditions (the work that goes into even these short videos is incredible.)

Adobe: Why is Adobe called Adobe?

Astronaut Photography: The history of using cameras in space

Podcast: The Standout Show with Joe McNally

Impactful portraiture.

“If something doesn’t do what you want it to, there’s always a way to fix it.” ~ Eddie Van Halen

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One thought on “JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.10.20

  1. In my world:
    1. I doing OK. I’m healthy and got a flu shot yesterday. (Everyone, please get your flu shot.)
    2. I’m holding up OK. Looking forward to a week of R&R next week.
    3. Busy, comfortably so for home and work. An urgent support request driven by the pandemic response had me scrambling for a couple of days. Everyone is pleased with the response and results.
    4. Am adjusting but the the new “normal” is the pits. Its only benefit is shaking us out of our complacency encouraging us to make a plan and act on it.
    5. Yes and no. I’m finding I’m getting ideas about photograph and radio and music that I’ve not been able to act on yet.

    The pandemic has me mostly teleworking since March 18. I was on 12 hours days from mid-March through May with part of that time was 7 days a week for inspections and construction work. That has worn me and many co-workers down a bit which has been exasperated by the deaths of seven co-workers or their immediate family members (of about 500 employees) to cancer and Covid in the past 6 months. The good news is the construction project stands ready for service should it be needed for Covid patients. We have vaccine trials are moving forward which will eventually allow us to get the upper hand on the virus. A week R&R with my family and camera will do a low to dispel the weariness. (I just need enough energy to keep up with a 4-1/2 year old granddaughter. LOL) So, things are not great but they are a whole lot better than they might have otherwise been.

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